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A brief history of Catalina Island Country Club

Catalina’s country club is a romantic setting, but also holds a place in the heart of baseball and golfing yesteryear.

CATALINA ISLAND—When the Wrigleys owned Catalina Island Company, there was an ambitious plan for infrastructure. The sleepy, tourist destination became an exciting hotspot for celebrities, beckoning one of the most iconic times in the island’s history. There are many luxurious attractions to check out – many of them due to the Wrigleys’ time – but yet another special place to visit in Catalina Island Country Club.

The country club was the original clubhouse for the Cubs when they practiced during spring training for 30 years from 1921-1951 with a break in between when the military occupied the island in World War II. For avid Cubs fans, the field is no longer there, but nearby the Country Club is a plaque. The original bar is full of baseball memorabilia honoring the team.

Lockers located in Catalina Island Country Club, while once used by the Cubs’ players, were also used for golfers playing the green. The golf course began at a nine-hole course, but in 1929 was expanded to 18 holes. Catalina’s golf course has hosted some of the best professional golfers over the years including Bobby Jones. For more than 20 years, The Bobby Jones Golf Tournament was a major draw for golfers.

Architecture buffs will also be charmed by the Early California Revival style, which has a romantic touch.

A post on weddingwire.com says, “The Club’s expansive layout is divided into several unique areas. A brick terrace, set just off the main entrance, is ideal for small, intimate affairs. Exchange vows with the ocean as a backdrop, and enjoy a reception in the same location or in the adjacent banquet room. Continue up the stairs through the entryway into the Fountain Terrace, a classic setting for both weddings and receptions for up to 120 guests. Lined with ornate cement columns, paved with accented brick flooring, and anchored by an elaborate tile fountain, the Fountain Terrace exudes elegant simplicity. It is easy to see why outdoor receptions are so popular: guests can lounge comfortably in wrought-iron chairs, beneath market umbrellas in the daytime or under the stars at night.”

These days, Catalina Island Country Club is still around and it offers guests the golf course, restaurant and is one of the island’s nicest wedding venues. With several meeting locations for small- to mid-sized groups, it’s an ideal place for a special occasion.

Learn more at visticatalinaisland.com or catalinachamber.com.

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